The SPACT NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Site is a multi-institutional site (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota) that provides undergraduate students a chance to conduct cutting-edge research focused on security printing and anti-counterfeiting technology. Counterfeiting is a growing issue in the U.S., posing serious economic, safety and national security concerns. The REU program is a interdisciplinary program with research opportunities in Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Computer Science.

Topical Research Areas:

  • Security Printing: Counterfeit Microelectronics
  • Development of Covert, High Capacity 2-D Bar Codes
  • Forensic Analysis of Native American Art
  • Anti-Counterfeiting Technology for Pharmaceutics
  • Security Ink Formulation
  • Synthesis of “Upconverting” Nanoparticles


The following hyperlink gives more details about the REU Site:

Click Here To See 2019 SPACT REU Site Poster

The following hyperlink shows the 2018 REU Site Application (deadline: 4/15/19):

Click Here To See 2019 SPACT REU Site Application

The REU Site is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award Abstract #1263343)